BETHESDA, Md. — Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a 2-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in an ideal position.
He has never lost a PGA Tour event when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
Reed made three bogeys in a 7-hole stretch in the middle of his round and salvaged an even-par 71, giving him a 2-shot lead over Seung-yul Noh, Freddie Jacobson and Marc Leishman going into the final round.
He was at 6-under 207.
Reed will try to become the only player with four PGA Tour victories in the last year and history is on his side. He won the Wyndham Championship when tied for the lead going into Sunday and converted a 7-shot lead at the Humana Challenge and a 2-shot lead at Doral into victories.
Reed matched the highest score to par for a 54-hole leader in a tour event at Congressional. The other time was in 1983 at the old Kemper Open.
Noh finished off his 5-under 66 — the best score of the third round — about the time the leaders went off. He was at 4-under 209, which looked better by the hour.
Jacobson made four birdies in his opening eight holes to reach 8 under, only to take double bogey on the 11th hole and a sloppy bogey on the par-5 16th hole. He wound up with a 71. Leishman was still only one shot behind until he failed to get up-and-down for par on the 17th and fell to a 73.